Ir­ri­ga­tion and safe drink­ing wa­ter for Athang-Thedt­sho con­stituency is the main pledge made by all po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor/Wang­duepho­drang

As the coun­try is pre­pared for the 3rd Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion of Na­tional As­sem­bly, 2018, all the four po­lit­i­cal par­ties are busy cam­paign­ing and mak­ing pledges. Amongst the na­tional pledges, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of four po­lit­i­cal par­ties of AthangThedt­sho con­stituency pri­or­i­tize to pro­vide re­li­able ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties and the safe drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply.

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa ( DNT) rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Kin­ley Wangchuk said dur­ing the Bjena gewog com­mon fo­rum last Tues­day that the party will pri­or­i­tize in ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter sup­ply to Rue­bisa, Gasey Tshogom, Gasey Tshowom and to Thedt­sho.

“Road base-cours­ing of all feeder roads, black top­ping of im­por­tant roads to­wards Kho­tokha that leads to es­sen­tial in­sti­tu­tions within the con­stituency will be done.”

Amongst the pledges, he said that dou­ble up health in­fra­struc­tures and man­power will be pri­or­i­tize and in adding that he said that they will pro­vide twice weekly public trans­porta­tion ser­vices to all the gewogs.

Peo­ple's Demo­cratic Party ( PDP) rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Tandin Wangchuk said that na­tional and con­stituency pledges are al­most same be­cause the pledges were bro­ken down from na­tional level.

Pri­or­ity for con­stituency, since the peo­ple sur­vive on agri­cul­ture, Tandin Wangchuk said that “Pri­or­ity would be in the agri­cul­ture.” “But if I talk with my con­stituent who lives in Thim­phu, then it is Thromde, if I speak to con­stituent who drives a truck, then it is roads. That way I can­not po­lit­i­cally it would be wrong for me to say that this is my pri­or­ity be­cause it will be hurt­ing the other vot­ers.” In adding that, he said that they do have pri­or­ity fo­cused on ru­ral where max­i­mum peo­ple leaves in ru­ral ar­eas. “Agri­cul­ture, roads, ir­ri­ga­tion, drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply, elec­tric fenc­ing, 100 units free power, sol­ing and black­top­ping of roads, in­creas­ing the Gewog De­vel­op­ment Grant (GDG), cen­tral School and many more.”

“Pri­or­ity would be fo­cused on im­prove­ment of ru­ral liv­ing stan­dard and even those for the Thromdes, for them it would be in their pri­vate busi­ness.”

We have to go on larger pop­u­la­tion, be­cause in democ­racy ma­jor­ity wins. “My pri­or­ity is the ma­jor­ity. The voter, which­ever is big­ger, that is my pri­or­ity,” added Tandin Wangchuk.

Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) party rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Nim Gyelt­shen said that as most of the pop­u­la­tion live in ru­ral ar­eas whose liveli­hood de­pend on agri­cul­tures. There­fore, he pledges to pri­or­i­tize for the solv­ing of ir­ri­ga­tion prob­lem.

He said that the party will in­vest in ir­ri­ga­tion schemes and bring all land suit­able for ir­ri­ga­tion un­der cul­ti­va­tion, and pro­vide gen­er­ous sup­port for pro­vi­sion of ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter and also the party would en­sure pro­vi­sion of safe and suf­fi­cient wa­ter for every house­hold.

He also pledges for black top­ping of roads to Kho­tokha from the main road point as the place has the po­ten­tial of be­com­ing tourist hub.

“Re­ha­bil­i­tate and im­prove the ex­ist­ing farm roads by pro­vid­ing sur­fac­ing with proper drainage will be the first pri­or­i­tize in my con­stituency,” added Nim Gyelt­shen.

Next pri­or­ity, he said that for his con­stituency, the party will strive to ex­pand and im­prove the health sec­tor. “Ac­cord high pri­or­ity to in­creas­ing the pool of doc­tors and spe­cial­ists in all ar­eas of med­i­cal care.”

He said that the party would pro­vide at least one fe­male Health As­sis­tant to all Ba­sic Health Units (BHUs) and con­struct ad­di­tional BHUs in larger gewogs with more pop­u­la­tion and pro­vide a util­ity van in every BHU- II.

He also pledges that the party would pro­vide 3G/4G telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions con­nec­tiv­ity in ru­ral ar­eas and do away with the five per­cent voucher tar­iff and re­store emer­gency usage bal­ance and also ex­pand the na­tional fiber con­nec­tiv­ity to gewogs. He also pledges that the party would pri­or­i­tize to Schools amongst oth­ers.

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party ( BKP) rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Sonam Tob­gay said that BKP's first pri­or­ity is 100 per­cent ir­ri­ga­tion cov­er­ing all 20 Dzongkhags and to all 205 gewogs which con­sti­tute about 63 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tions are de­pend­ing on agri­cul­ture. “They de­serve due re­spect and due re­gards.”

They will also look at to ad­dress farm in­come, want to dou­ble the farm in­come through agro pro­cess­ing, value ad­di­tion, other in­ter­ven­tion in terms of in­creas­ing the life span of farm pro­duce.” We will also en­sure that there are af­ford­able houses vent out for all cit­i­zen.

“We want to bring mar­ket to the pro­duc­tion cen­tres which farmer faces the prob­lem of road block, low pric­ing and col­li­sion in bor­der area places.”

Sonam Tob­gay said that the party would in­crease GDG from 20 to 40 lakhs, and then will pro­vide in­cen­tives to those cou­ple hav­ing birth to every se­cond child with Nu. 5,000. “Our pop­u­la­tion is so lit­tle, so in or­der to en­cour­age pop­u­la­tion growth as our fam­ily size is go­ing smaller and smaller.”

Mean­while, AthangThedt­sho con­stituency has eight gewogs and Bjena gewog it­self have about 360 house­holds.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of four po­lit­i­cal par­ties of Athang-Thedt­sho con­stituency pri­or­i­tize to pro­vide re­li­able ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties and the safe drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply

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